• Cops: 2 shot at T.I., Young Jeezy party in N. Carolina club

    Updated: 43 min ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said. The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1DEONZ0 ) reports a popular club at the N.C. Music Factory complex was hosting a "CIAA Weekend Takeover" party when shots rang out about 7 p.m. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has been holding its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte this week. It's unclear whether the party was an officially sanctioned CIAA event. Police spokesman Rob Tufano said several shot were fired. It's not clear who the suspect was targeting. No

  • Actor Vince Vaughn ready to make icy plunge in Lake Michigan

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Vince Vaughn will be among several thousand people immersing themselves in the icy waters of Lake Michigan to support the Special Olympics. The 15th annual Polar Plunge in Chicago takes place Sunday at North Avenue Beach. The longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan and Lake Forest native will wear his Blackhawks jersey for the event. Vaughn is the star of movies including "Wedding Crashers" and "Old School." His upcoming film "Unfinished Business" opens March 6. Special Olympics Chicago Director Susan Nicholl tells the Chicago Tribune they used social media and the hashtag #VinnyDippin to recruit the actor. She says he responded almost immediately with a yes.

  • Bill Plaschke: Hamilton needs a defining moment like Newcombe’s

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES—Two years ago he stood on the precipice of the Happiest Place on Earth. It was Christmas time at a Downtown Disney restaurant in Anaheim, and Josh Hamilton was the star of an Angels welcoming party that felt like a giant hug. There was a red carpet, twinkling lights, finger food, and Hamilton aw-shucks-ing his way through a narrative of redemption and rebirth. Arte Moreno, the Angels owner who had just agreed to give $125 million to a player whose career had been derailed three times in a fight against drug and alcohol addiction, was beaming. “The reality is, at the end of the day, people want hope,” Moreno said. “I look at this positively and I said, ‘I hope.

  • Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray helps raise money for the Salvation Army

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FORT BLISS >> Dallas Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray helped raise more than $16,000 during an auction on Saturday for the Salvation Army of El Paso's inaugural Heroes for the Homeless event. "It is an honor to be here in El Paso to help support a very important organization like the Salvation Army," Murray said during his speech. "I first started getting involved with the organization after tornados hit Oklahoma (in 2013) and saw and read about what they were doing to help the people in the area that were left homeless. I wanted to do everything I could to help Oklahoma and so I teamed up with them. The Salvation Army is a great organization that has helped thousands of people across the nation.

  • Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment. Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54, could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter conviction in the February 2013 stabbing death of 55-year-old Matthew White in their Nether Providence home. But Delaware County Judge Kevin Kelly said Friday he believed her treatment in prison would be inadequate. Instead, he sentenced her to as much as 23 months in jail with an additional 23 years of probation, ordering her transfer to the Norristown State Hospital when a bed becomes available.

  • Childhood days spur culinary careers

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — New York-based chef Dianna Daoheung moved to the Big Apple for a career in advertising, but it wasn't long before she retraced her footsteps back to the kitchen. Daoheung grew up in Florida as mom's little kitchen helper, peeling garlic and chopping up vegetables. "My mom would complain to my dad, 'Oh, my stir-fry is not coming out right because the flames are too small,'" Daoheung recalled. Eventually her father built her mother a specialized wok-burner in the backyard so she could cook traditional Thai food in an American setting. Prepping food with her mother seemed like punishment at a time when Daoheung preferred fast-food burgers over mom's home cooking.

  • Film site for 'Downton Abbey' has northern Wyoming ties

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Sunday night, TV watchers across the nation and the United Kingdom will gather to watch the final episode of season five of the hit PBS show "Downton Abbey.

  • Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown found

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly resembles" the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress the actress wore to Sunday's Academy Awards, sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. Detectives were trying to verify whether the recovered dress is the same one Nyong'o wore, she said. One of the actress' representatives reported the dress was stolen from her room at the London Hotel late Wednesday.

  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas, William Kerns column

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    A bit of this, and a bit of that, while Cactus Theater owner Don Caldwell confirms that Tuesdays this summer will find him producing a production of Bernard Pomerance’s play “The Elephant Man,” with David Armendariz in the title role of John Merrick. Tim McIntire will direct. The play will open May 12 or May 19. Moving on... Theatergoers do not have to wait for the next weekend, despite weather playing havoc with some recent curtain times. Those interested in contemporary theater have an opportunity to see four brand new one-acts this week, as the Texas Tech theater and dance department’s annual Raider Red’s One-Act Play Spectacular, also known as RROAPS, pronounced “Ropes,” opens at 8 p.m. Monday at the M

  • Oklahoma City businessman, philanthropist Jackie Cooper dies at 82


    Oklahoma City businessman and philanthropist Jackie Cooper died Friday. He was 82. Cooper founded Jackie Cooper BMW and Jackie Cooper Electronics, but perhaps was best known for his effort to raise money for HIV/AIDS care. Cooper got his start selling cars at his dad’s Oldsmobile dealership in Yukon when he was 16. He took over the shop five years later. Cooper and his wife, Barbara, in 1991 helped start Red Tie Night, which benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. Their son Jerry died of AIDS two years earlier. “The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund wouldn’t exist without Jackie and his family,” fund President David Chansolme said Friday. “They have taken this organization and made it into the biggest fundraiser in

  • Icon Leonard Nimoy, NASA 'ambassador' dies at 83


    Few TV and movie franchises have had as much impact on American culture than “Star Trek,” and on Friday, the world bid farewell to one of the cult classic’s icons, Leonard Nimoy, world famous to “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. The much-loved actor, director and photographer died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83. “I was a big Trek fan, mostly the original series and ‘The Next Generation,’” Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts and Playhouse 2000. “The character of Mr. Spock was always one of my favorites.

  • Spock's ears: A pointy trademark for Leonard Nimoy


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," his pointy Vulcan appendages became a signature — and a nuisance — for the actor. Here's a few facts about those iconic ears: ___ AURAL HISTORY "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was determined to have Nimoy don pointed ears as the Enterprise's chief science officer. It was easier said than done. Before the first episode was filmed, numerous designs of the ears' shape and size were created before he settled on the perfect ears.

  • Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the Illinois decorating firm Euro Trash, and $5,000 more on Thursday, the records showed. His official House expense account had previously paid the group for its services. Schock, a rising star in the Republican Party, has been under scrutiny for using taxpayer money to pay for the redecorating, as well as using his official and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets.

  • Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown recovered

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly resembles" the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress the actress wore to Sunday's Academy Awards, sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. Detectives were trying to verify whether the recovered dress is the same one Nyong'o wore, she said. One of the actress' representatives reported the dress was stolen from her room at the London Hotel late Wednesday.

  • Bruce Willis laments sudden end to action-thriller 'Wake'

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Willis is not saying "Yippie-ki-yay" about the cancellation of his latest film. A spokesman for Willis told The Associated Press Friday that production of "Wake" was suddenly halted this week when financing fell through, and the actor is concerned that crew members who joined him "in good faith" are left jobless. Publicist Paul Bloch said the company responsible for financing the film didn't deliver the promised funds, so production of the action-thriller was indefinitely suspended. Shooting began earlier this month in Cleveland. Benaroya Pictures did not return calls and emails seeking comment Friday.

  • Nimoy’s Spock was the master of cosmic cool

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — It is important, and sometimes difficult, to remember that Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, was an actor, not an alien. As Mr. Spock, the elf-eared, half-Vulcan science officer and first mate of the Starship Enterprise, he created a role that turned him from a journeyman into a star. The role made a footnote of everything he’d done before and colored everything that came after. The titles of Nimoy’s two memoirs — “I Am Not Spock” (1977) and “I Am Spock” (1995) — indicate a process of rejection and acceptance the part played in his life.

  • Revelations: Academy didn't snub faith films this year

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    I've always enjoyed watching the Academy Awards above other award shows. Sure, I've seen my share of Grammy, Golden Globes, Emmy, MTV Movie and Video Music, Academy of Country Music, American Music, People's Choice and Billboard awards - and that isn't even close to the full list of award shows through the year. But there's something about the Oscars, the gold statues and formal attire, that lures me to the screen. And since the show always airs near my birthday, it's always a fun reminder that I'll be celebrating in grand style within a few weeks.

  • Osbourne exiting 'Fashion Police' after Zendaya hair flap

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Osbourne is exiting "Fashion Police," days after complaining about co-host Giuliana Rancic's comments on Zendaya's dreadlocks. E! Entertainment said Friday that Osbourne is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Osbourne's publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday's post-Oscar edition of "Fashion Police," Rancic said that actress-singer Zendaya's hair suggested the smell of patchouli oil or marijuana. Rancic came under fire from Zendaya and Osbourne, among others, and apologized the next day on "E! News." Osbourne tweeted Tuesday that she doesn't condone racism and was reconsidering being part of "Fashion Police." E! said the series will air next as

  • Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby's representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend his innocence. But Cosby's lawyers say the actor was merely acting in self-defense as his character was under attack. "The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked," the lawyers argue in their 38-page filing. "Instead the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.

  • Leonard Nimoy leaves legacy beyond science-fiction

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. Seth Shostak, who researches the possibility of real-world extraterrestrial life as the senior astronomer at SETI Research, recalled that Nimoy was regularly willing to lend the organization a helping hand. When he was asked to narrate a planetarium introduction or appear as a guest at an event, Nimoy did so graciously and never charged. "That struck me then, and it strikes me now," said Shostak. "If you play a famous alien, you might have little interest in how science is searching for real aliens, but Nimoy was actually interested in the science — and he was always willing to hel